Using old button ups and refashioning them is such a great way to add a new piece to your wardrobe that is cheap, easy, and reuses old clothing that has lost its purpose. I was inspired by this top I saw at target and thought it would be the inspiration for this upcycle project.
For this project you need the following items:
- 1 old men’s button up shirt
- 1 package single-fold bias tape
- A frixion pen or other marking pen of your choice
- Tape measure
- To get started, measure from the neckline 1 1/4 inches from the neckline on the shoulder seam. Make a mark.
2. Continue that line down about 5 inches. Then do the same thing on the back side. Repeat for both shoulders, and connect the lines to create your square neckline. Then cut.
3. Now we will apply the bias binding to finish off the neck line. You will need to unbutton your shirt so that you can apply the bias tape to each side. Start by pinning the edge of the bias tape to the right side of the fabric. Stitch in the ditch, then fold toward the inside.
4. Press and fold to the inside, then stitch as close to the folded edge of your bias tape to secure it.
5. It is easiest to do each shoulder seam, then the back, then the front. I measured each side and added an inch. This gave me a half inch on each end of the bias tape to fold it under, to get the nicest finish.
6. Lastly, because I used an oversized shirt, I added some darts in the front and the back to get a more fitted look.